Dominance in ODI's against lanka and Ranking in T20's
India have dominated SL in Billateral ODI's for the past decade and half. A long indian season + T20 WC would mean could improve the T20 ratings.
Every Cricket fan or otherwise would have wondered, "Playing SL Again". Even if it were to be olympics that was grabbing all the attention or Indias awesome domination against emerald island nation, Team India once again proved its worth. A very convincing victory and how many times they have done it against SL, countless!!!
People who missed the series would be sad, coz they missed utter dominance, brilliance by Kohli, Pathan, Dhoni, Raina and total team effort. A great start to the season, fresh legs and fresh minds defined the victory.
India's Batting and Death Bowling
Our batting has always been corner stone to our success. We have always got great players of spin, who can attack and build partnerships. In subcontinent our batters have got good records. There have been occassional blips like the one in recent second ODI against lanka, it just goes to show cricket is such a unpredictable game and a leveller.
Our Death bowling has been a cause of concern, Yorkers and Slower balls are the need of the hour. Problem is with the advent of T20's and no other cricket playing nation plays as many T20's as india including the lucrative IPL. But the other way to look at it is bowlers should gain more exposure as they get more opportunities than others. Overall bowlers did come back well in the last ODI against SL, which augurs well for the packed season ahead.
We play loads of T20 cricket, no wonder we have some exciting prospects in the pipeline. T20 is all about fast paced, exciting cricket where stars can be humbled and new young stars are born overnight. Our ranking was 8th, Initial thought was to mention that however after the just concluded T20 match we are ranked 4th.
T20 International cricket is strange, teams dont play T20 matches that often, perhaps one may be two in a tour. Our team hasnt won many T20I's in the last few series but thats how the format is. Todays win is a shot in the arm and with as many as 8 T20's coming in the new season plus the T20 world cup we have to be upto it and utilize the great talent we have got.
Long Home Season
It has been away tours, World Cup, ICC Tournaments but finally indian crowds will see home team for as many as 6 Tests, 6 T20's, 8 ODI's in the coming months. Thats a whole lot of cricket entertainment. While i would like to see a Test match at the ground, i am sure you are all queued up to switch on to the action. It is also important to manage player loads and ensure players are rotated especially those who play all 3 formats (Likes of Dhoni, Zaheer, Virat, Sehwag, Gambhir and soon).
Well i am happy that at the end of this blog, our team has emerged victorious in T20 Game against SL. I hope the good run continues in the coming season.